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October 2011
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153 new members joined the SAA in September. Welcome!

Math Fun for Suzuki Families

The newly re-released book
Math Fun for Suzuki Families by Andy J. Felt and George Kung is now available in the SAA Online Store. Using principles of Dr. Suzuki’s approach to education applied to mathematics, Math Fun features more than 50 games for children and parents to play together to build a solid foundation in math.

After adopting Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy into his own teaching methods, Felt, an associate professor of mathematical sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and Suzuki parent of two, developed Math Fun with his colleague George Kung, a former Suzuki parent, in hopes of combating the popular cultural notion that an individual either is or isn’t a “math person.” Designed to be integrated into instrument or voice lessons or played separately, Math Fun activities provide tools for families to build essential math skills in children while having fun together.

Every child can learn math—and everyone can have fun in the process!

Praise for Math Fun:

“Learning through play, sharing quality time with your child, supporting the weekly lesson, incorporating the Suzuki philosophy… Math Fun for Suzuki Families is a great companion tool for families. This book supports the foundations of early learning. Give it a try—creative, imaginative, and fun!”
Marge Andersen, Early Childhood Educator, Aber Suzuki Center

Order Math Fun for Suzuki Families for $17.50


Conference Deadlines for Students and Sessions

Student Events:

Requirements for Student Participation Opportunities

  • October 15, This Saturday! Chamber Music, Master Classes, Flute Performing Ensemble, Recorder Consort, Bass Choir, Guitar Ensemble, SYOA
  • November 30: Kaleidoscope Concert
  • December 15: Piano Concerto

Student Event Application

Session Proposals:

Session Proposal Guidelines

  • October 30: 50-minute session proposals
  • November 15: Nano and Mini Messages

Session Proposal Form

Latin American Suzuki Programs

Participants in the first International Suzuki Festival in Patagonia

Participants in the first International Suzuki Festival in Patagonia

Translations: Español, Português

So what does it mean for the SAA to be the Suzuki Association of the Americas, plural? When the SAA was established in 1972, it was charged with the responsibility to care for and nurture the development of the Suzuki method in all of North and South America, which includes Canada, the United States and all of the countries in Central and South America! This is a huge territory and involves people speaking four different languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. What a big job!

Canada is a whole separate subject, so I’m going to limit myself to a discussion about what is going on in Latin America, where I lived for five years in the 1980s. I really enjoyed my time in Lima, Peru, and Santiago, Chile, and I have continued teaching all over Latin America since then. I have been amazed and very pleased with the growth of Suzuki programs since I first taught there in 1982. There are now so many well-established programs in at least ten Latin American countries, and courses have been taught and teachers are teaching in more countries than that. The SAA lists fifteen Latin American countries that have SAA members, with a total of 450 members in these countries. There are even more members of the various country associations. Since the SAA was founded, 997 SAA training courses have been taught in Latin America.

Continue reading Latin American Suzuki Programs


Call for Board Nominations

Do you know a SAA member who fits these qualities?

  • Someone who speaks with passion about the positive effects of the Suzuki Method and the SAA.
  • Someone with an ability to work well in a group.
  • Someone who follows through on their tasks.
  • Someone who is a good listener.
  • Someone who has sensitivity and tolerance of those with a different point of view.
  • Someone with a sense of humor.
  • Someone with an ability to focus on the “big picture” issues.

If you know of someone who fits these characteristics, please let us know their name, as these are characteristics of an ideal SAA Board Member.

Every year at this time, the SAA Board looks for SAA members and friends who would be interested in being considered for election to the SAA Board of Directors. This is a three-year commitment. New members are added each year as outgoing members complete their three-year commitment. This process of electing new members each year gives life and vitality to the vision of the SAA.

Nominees may be experienced teachers, parents and/or professionals who have legal, financial, marketing, or administrative experience. It is the goal of the nominating committee to select a slate that represents all facets of the SAA community.

Again, please call or send your nomination suggestion and your reasons for nominating the person(s). Send nominations to Nominations Chair, Marilyn Kesler: .

Two Books Added to the SAA Store

Group Lessons for Suzuki Violin and Viola

By Carolyn McCall
Book, 84 pages, $12.95

Group lesson ideas for violin and viola, organized by book level and technique/skill.

Focus on Suzuki Piano: Creative and Effective Ideas for Teachers and Parents

By Mary Craig Powell
Book, 76 pages, $12.95

During the past few years it has been exciting to watch the area of Suzuki piano develop. Through workshops, institutes, and teacher development courses, parents and teachers have been able to grow and improve their skills in an unprecedented way. I have seen their craving for more information and techniques, and it is my hope that Focus on Suzuki Piano will be a contribution in those areas and the growth of the remarkable Suzuki movement.


SAA Volunteer Spotlight: Nominations Wanted

Do you know an SAA volunteer or group of volunteers who deserve recognition? Nominate them for the SAA Volunteer Spotlight! To nominate a volunteer to be featured, email .

ASJ Fall 2011: Coming Soon!

Here’s a sneak peak at what we have planned for the fall issue:

  • Music of the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia
  • Clinicians for the 2012 Conference
  • The latest installment of the new Grace Notes column
  • Spotlight on Suzuki Voice

…and much more! Journal subscription is included with SAA membership, so make sure your membership status is up to date today!

Upcoming Events

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SAA Calendar
Oct 15: 2012 Institute Applications Due
Oct 15: Student Conference Applications Due: SYOA, Masterclasses, Ensembles
Oct 30: Session Proposals Due
Nov 1: Newsletter Submission Deadline
Nov 15: Nano & Mini Session Proposals Due
Nov 30: Kaleidoscope Concert Applications Due
Dec 1: ASJ 40.2 Submission Deadline

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Festival Suzuki de Buenos Aires
Piano Book 1, Caroline Fraser, Oct 12 – 17

Newtonville, MA
Suzuki School of Newton
Piano Book 1, Sachiko Isihara, Oct 13 – Jan 31
Cello Book 3, Nancy Hair, Oct 17 – Jan 31
Cello Book 1, Nancy Hair, Oct 17 – Jan 31

Ft. Worth, TX
Studio of Rita Hauck
Every Child Can!, Rita Hauck, Oct 15

Philadelphia, PA
Temple University Music Preparatory Division
Every Child Can!, Joan Krzywicki, Oct 15

New York, NY
School for Strings
Every Child Can!, Pamela Devenport, Oct 16

Toronto, ON
Royal Conservatory of Music
Cello Book 2, Susan Gagnon, Oct 16 – Dec 4
Every Child Can!, Susan Gagnon, Oct 23

Miami, FL
Suzuki Association of South Florida
Every Child Can!, Timothy Durbin, Oct 21

Sandy, UT
Suzuki Association of Utah
Every Child Can!, Cleo Ann Brimhall, Oct 22

Campinas, SP, Brazil
Centro Suzuki de Campinas
Every Child Can!, Shinobu Saito, Oct 23
Cello Book 1, David Evenchick, Oct 24 – Nov 1
Recorder Book 1, Mary Halverson Waldo, Oct 24 – Nov 1

Evanston, IL
Music Institute of Chicago
Every Child Can!, Michele Higa George, Oct 23

Albuquerque, NM
Studio of Marilyn O’Boyle
Violin Book 9, Marilyn O’Boyle, Oct 24 – Jan 31

Ciudad De Guatemala, Guatemala
Festival Internacional Suzuki en Guatemala
Filosofía, Caroline Fraser, Oct 25 – 29
Violin Book 1, Eduardo Luduena, Oct 30 – Nov 5

Guelph, ON
Studio of Gail Lange
Piano Book 1, Gail Lange, Oct 27 – Mar 23

Montréal, QC
Studio of Catherine Walker
Every Child Can!, Catherine Walker, Oct 28

Guelph, ON
Suzuki String School of Guelph
Every Child Can!, Paule Barsalou, Nov 5

Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Suzuki Teachers
Suzuki Principles in Action, Teri Einfeldt, Nov 5 – 6

St. Petersburg, FL
Suzuki Strings of St. Petersburg
Suzuki Principles in Action, Carol Tarr, Nov 11 – 12

Greenville, SC
Furman University
Every Child Can!, Jane Kutscher Reed, Nov 12

Taylors, SC
I Pitch Music Suzuki Piano Studio
Piano Book 1, Jane Kutscher Reed, Nov 15 – May 22

Stevens Point, WI
University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
Violin Book 2, Pat D’Ercole, Nov 22 – Dec 16

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